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Postgraduate Course: The Material Cultures of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic Scotland (ELCS11008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide a practically-orientated introduction to the material cultures of Early Medieval Scotland, with a central focus on the archaeological heritage of the Vikings, Picts, and Dalriadan Scots. Students will receive tuition in contextualising historical themes, archaeological concepts and the regulations governing the possession, preservation and presentation of historical artefacts and monuments in Scotland. In addition to this, they will attend a series of workshops on artefacts and archives at the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Edinburgh. In this way, the course aims to provide academic training for interdisciplinary research into Scotland's Early Medieval past, and practical experience of the responsibilities and constraints of work in the heritage sector. In line with Masters-level expectations, it will also seek to develop students' critical skills, intellectual independence and self-direction.

This course will also cover the Skills & Methods component of the MSc in Viking Studies programme through its content, and the following formative exercises:
Dissertation preparation: Choosing a topic
Bibliography & Database exercise
Presentation of draft proposal
Submission of formal proposal
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, student will have:
- Acquired a high level of familiarity with a range of relevant archaeological material.
- Developed an understanding of the relationship between academic research and work in the heritage sector.
- Demonstrated by way of essay and participation in teaching and learning activities an advanced understanding of the uses and limitations of archaeological material in interdisciplinary historical research, including the ability to engage critically with received assumptions and scholarly models.
- Refined the transferable skills attendant on historical studies and cultivated at SCQF Level 10, including (in particular) self-discipline, initiative, ability to work respectfully with others, time- and workload-management, intellectual integrity and autonomy, and effective oral and written expression.
Reading List
Crawford, B.E.C. (1987) Scandinavian Scotland.
Woolf, A. (2007) From Pictland to Alba 789-1070.
Fraser, J.E. (2009) From Caledonia to Pictland: Scotland to 795.
Graham Campbell, J. & Batey, C. (1998) Vikings in Scotland.
Foster, S.M. (1996) Picts, Gaels and Scots.
RCAHMS (2008) The Pictish Symbol Stones of Scotland.
RCAHMS (2010) Pictish and Viking-age Carvings from Shetland.
Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. (2008) Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice.
Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. (2005) Archaeology: The Key Concepts.

Frequent reference will also be made to the publications and archives of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, the RCAHMS and Historic Scotland.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Alan Macniven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
Course secretaryMs Ersev Ersoy
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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